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CPD Funding Resources – Funding for Experiential Learning & Unpaid Internships

Eligibility

Criteria for eligibility vary from program to program. To apply for funding from the CPD, applicants must be currently enrolled Dartmouth students and enrolled at least one term following the internship. Check the details with the office associated with the grant in which you are interested.

FINANCING YOUR INTERNSHIP

Thanks to the generosity of several donors, there are opportunities to apply for leave-term funding through many different departments on campus. These departments have funds available for specific types of opportunities and each department has its own application process and funding criteria. The amount of funding granted varies considerably, depending on the details of your experience, funds available to that department at the time of application, and other factors. The maximum amount provided to an applicant is generally $5,000.

If your proposal is accepted by more than one department or program, you will be required to choose only one grant.

Every student’s financial situation is unique. Students on Dartmouth financial aid may be eligible for additional funding based on current need. We encourage all financial aid recipients considering an internship to talk with the program coordinators and financial aid officers. Your financial aid officer can help you to explore how to cover your leave term earnings expectation, to help make your plan a reality.

Regardless of where you are applying, there are steps you can take to strengthen your funding application. Click here to read the CPD’s guide to writing a strong application.

We have compiled a list of departments that routinely offer leave-term funding. See below for more information. Please note that funding opportunities can change from term to term, and this is not a comprehensive list. A faculty member, undergraduate dean or CPD coach may be able to assist you in searching for other potential sources of funding.

CPD Funding Resources

The CPD administers the below funds, which enable us to support a variety of leave-term experiences. See fund descriptions below.

Note: If you have not fully secured your internship by the application deadline, you are still eligible to apply for CPD funding. If approved, you will need to provide documentation of proof for your experience before we can disburse funds.

  • The Robinson fund supports two broad areas:
    • Work in educational media or children’s media (such as magazines, books, museums, and dramatizations for stage, TV or film) addressed to the age group of 5 to 17
    • Experiences that directly benefit children, especially children at risk and children from inner cities. Training to prepare students to become future teachers for this age group is also fundable.

  • This fund supports work in advertising, marketing, public relations or publishing.

  • This fund supports unpaid or low-paid internships in law, government, public policy, and social justice.

  • The fund supports students’ skill, confidence, and capacity building through unpaid or low-paid, intentional experience with and critical reflection on: Internships and externships, non-Dartmouth research opportunities, and social sector and direct service experiences.

  • This fund supports unpaid internships at non-profits with work focused on data science components, including acquiring data, managing data, analyzing data, visualizing data, drawing conclusions from data and their analysis, and communicating data. 

ADDITIONAL FUNDING RESOURCES

Several other offices across campus offer funding support. We encourage you to explore these other options and apply to any that you may qualify for, as CPD funding is limited, and the process is quite competitive.

Please note that funding availability can change from term to term, and this is not a comprehensive list. A faculty member, undergraduate dean or CPD coach may be able to assist you in searching for other potential sources of funding.

Internship Funding

  • Up to $5,000 to support full-time, unpaid internships in nonprofits within the United States. All students are matched with an alumni mentor. You can design your own internship, or DCSI can help you connect with a nonprofit, reach out to service.internships@dartmouth.edu to get started.

Cohort Internships

  • Spend a term learning about a specific social issue and locale with your peers. Programs in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco explore issues such as community health, poverty alleviation and social innovation. Students receive housing, a stipend for meals and transportation, an alumni mentor, weekly educational programming, and are placed in an internship with a nonprofit.

Rockefeller Public Affairs and Public Policy

  • For internships in non-profit and public sectors, with a clear tie to public policy. Completion of the Management & Leadership Development Program is highly recommended for those applying for internship funding.

First-Year Fellows Program

  • Program specifically for first-year students interested in the field of public policy. Students complete D-LAB, Public Policy 5, and a statistical methods course, participate in pre-internship training, and are matched with an alumni mentor for a summer fellowship in Washington, D.C.

CROSS Fellowship (Christians Reaching Out in Service to Society) 

  • Through the CROSS (Christians Reaching Out in Service to Society) Fellowship program, selected Dartmouth undergraduates invest in their personal growth and liberal arts education by serving others in need in the context of serving a Christian faith-based organization.
  • This Fellowship provides committed Dartmouth undergraduates the opportunity to serve others in need in the context of working in a faith-based service non-profit or non-governmental organization and exploring their own sense of spirituality, world view, or ethical living through involvement in a wide variety of fields.

Summer Internship

  • This summer internship provides committed Dartmouth undergraduates the opportunity to serve others in need in the context of working in a U.S. faith-based service non-profit or non-governmental organization and exploring their own sense of spirituality, world view, or ethical living through involvement in a wide variety of fields.

Dickey International Internships

  • For internships in countries other than the intern’s home country. Applicants should demonstrate how the internship will enhance the international dimensions of their academic work.

Global Health Internships & Fellowships *

  • For international internships and research fellowships with Global Health Initiative partner sites.

Additional internships and research funding, for resident-term, leave-term, and post-graduation opportunities, are available through the following campus departments:

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